Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Most Lakeport residents can return home after fleeing California wildfire

Most Lakeport residents can return home after fleeing California wildfire

The largest of them, the Carr Fire north of Sacramento near the city of Redding, has burned for more than a week and engulfed almost 190 square miles. The area is roughly 14 miles south of Redding, where the Carr wildfire has destroyed 1,060 homes.

The Scotts Valley area, just west of town, remains under a mandatory evacuation order. "Throughout the day crews will continue to mitigate spot fire potential across control lines", it said. The 1,018 homes, 12 businesses and 435 other buildings that have been confirmed as destroyed place the blaze sixth on the state's list of most destructive fires. But he said the death toll could rise. "We are part of that process", he said.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, vast tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

Raw video shows girls riding on horseback with American flags to thank first responders.

There was some good news. The Ranch Fire - the larger of the two - is 15 percent contained while the Ranch Fire is 50 percent. Thousands more remain evacuated because of the blaze ignited July 23 by a spark from a steel wheel rim on a trailer towed with a flat tire.

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The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning vehicle on July 23. The warning, covering the fire's entire burn area, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be in effect 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Lake County The latest fire map from Cal Fire's Incident website.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday firefighters made some gains and the blaze is now a third contained.

"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain, and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned Wednesday evening, noting that 56 km/h wind gusts were expected on ridge tops that could whip up the flames.

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